The courtroom came to a stop when the two crying women embraced.
One was the mother of Calvin Jackson, a 22-year-old man killed in a March 7, 2007, wreck on Manchester Expressway. The other was the mother of Thomas Rogers — the man about to admit to the vehicular homicide of Jackson.
Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters called for a five-minute break Monday morning as the two women hugged. And then, after their arms had fallen to their sides, a tearful Rogers took Deborahlynn Jackson — the mother of his dead friend — in his arms.
"I wanted to tell you I was sorry so much sooner," Rogers said once the judge had returned and the guilty plea hearing resumed. "I was trying to reach out so bad to tell you how sorry I was."